NY Times: Popular voice in DC? The pope

Will wonders never cease? Details:  Shortly before leaving the Capitol for the holiday recess, Senate Democrats gathered behind closed doors to lay out an agenda for 2014. When the majority leader, Harry Reid, exhorted colleagues to “deal with the issue of income inequality,” the talk took a spiritual turn. “You know,” declared Senator Bernard Sanders, [Read More...]

Obama: “Service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us…”

From the President’s weekly address:  So many people all across the country are helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors.  For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us [Read More...]

Biden to Catholic clergy on immigration: “You guys have to show up.”

From Politico:  Vice President Joe Biden’s message to immigration reform advocates: Don’t let your issue die like gun control did. Speaking on a conference call of Catholic clergy and other faith leaders, Biden said it will be incumbent upon immigration reformers to be louder and more engaged with Congress than reform opponents. “Work the districts [Read More...]

Maine Catholic congressman declares he’s gay

Details:  Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) announced he’s gay in an Op-Ed article published by Maine newspapers Monday, making him the seventh openly gay member of Congress. The five-term representative, currently running for governor, said that he was prompted to speak out by “whisper campaigns” alleging that he was gay. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a [Read More...]

Some advice on the shutdown from the bishops

Sister Mary Ann Walsh from the USCCB blogs:  As the government shutdown continues, it may be time to listen to another body – the U.S. bishops. Recent statements from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offer significant points worth considering. They are neither Democratic nor Republican positions. They are simply principled. Consider, for example, an [Read More...]

Should Priests Endorse Candidates?

With all the frenzy about the unfortunately-named Anthony Weiner, it can be easy to forget that there are other people running for the mayor of New York.  One of them is John Catsimatidis, a Greek American businessman. He’s not that well-known to many New Yorkers, so he’s trying to get his name and image out there [Read More...]

Great Moments in Journalism: MSNBC Host Wears Tampon Earrings

Details:  On her MSNBC show Sunday, Melissa Harris-Perry introduced a new type of jewelry inspired by the recent protests at the Texas Capitol. Tampon earrings. “My producer Lorena made for me, last week, some tampon earrings,” Harris-Perry said as she inserted them into her pierced ears. “Because, of course, you’ll remember the Texas state legislature [Read More...]

Pelosi Defends Late-Term Abortion as “Sacred Ground”

Details, from ABC News:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today bickered with a conservative reporter who asked her to explain the moral difference between live-birth murder and abortions executed during the final four months of pregnancy. Pelosi began her news conference today by criticizing a Republican-sponsored bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks without [Read More...]

White House “Strongly Objects” to Amendment Protecting Religious Liberty for Soldiers

Details: Breitbart News reported last week that Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) passed an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee protecting religious speech of service members in the military. President Barack Obama has now threatened to veto the bill if it passes the full House and Senate. The White House released a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) [Read More...]

2016: Hillary vs. a Catholic?

An interesting observation: Imagine this: It’s February 10, 2016 and there is a double-header debate with the Democratic candidates going first on MSNBC and the Republicans following on Fox News and all but one of the candidates on both stages has ashes on their foreheads… There are only about 1,200 days left before Election 2016. [Read More...]